Flashpoint Students Create SNL-Style Show

Live from the Merchandise Mart ...

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There may soon be a new show coming to a TV screen near you.
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"At the Mart" is an SNL-style show that uses Second City actors. Click here to watch a video of from the pilot taping.
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But what makes this unique is that many of the elements that go into the show, from set design and setup to shooting and editing are done by students at Flashpoint Academy.
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Flashpoint Academy president Howard Tullman (right) says the students are getting priceless real-world experience. "This is a chance for the students to work closely with industry professionals with SAG talent, union crew members and really have professional experience while they're in school."
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The crew taped a pilot Friday in front of a live studio audience at Flashpoint's headquarters in the Merchandise Mart.
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"They're quite professional. Sometimes a little more professional than we are," Second City actor John Hartman (middle) said. Click here to watch a video of from the pilot taping.
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The students also shot and edited a number of shorts that are sprinkled throughout the show.
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Second year students create the shorts, second year students create a documentary on the making of the shorts.
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And just like SNL, there's a live music guest, in this case, Chicago rapper Rhymefest.
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Click here to watch a video of from the pilot taping.
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Click here to watch a video of from the pilot taping.
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Click here to watch a video of from the pilot taping.
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